Roxas, who gave up his presidential aspirations
in 2010 to make way for then presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino Jr.,
says he might be willing to give way again for frontrunner Grace Poe.
The question Pinoy voters should be asking is if Roxas is so willing to
give way to others, maybe he’s not that interested in running for
president. At this time more than ever, the country needs a decisive,
strong-willed leader who will stand up to the Chinese and all others
wishing to leave Filipinos at a disadvantage.
voters must have been sleeping under a guava tree when God gave out
voting smarts because Filipinos have proved to be horrible voters!
Candidates are selected like flavor-or-the-month ice cream choices.
Right now it happens to be Grace Poe; everybody’s darling. But as we
noted in a previous editorial, we still want to know who exactly is she
and why she deserves the office?
She has not written
anything on politics, or even life in general. We have not heard her
give any speeches or even YouTube videos that will give the
man-on-the-street an inkling on how her mind works and who Grace Poe really
is. All we know is that she is the adopted daughter of the late Fernando
Poe Jr. and his wife Susan Roces. That’s it!
Apparently that is
enough for Filipino voters who seem to be falling all over themselves to
get her into Malacañang Palace. As far as we can tell she is honest and
forthright, but also soft-spoken and demure and totally untested in
politics. How she will fare versus the tough, battle-tested Chinese
leaders who've had to fight their way to the top is anybody’s guess at
Filipinos have already elected two females for the presidency: Cory Aquino and Gloria Arroyo,
Sadly both proved to be unmitigated disasters. Cory admitted she know
nothing and proved it to one and all during her six-year term. Then
Gloria Arroyo came along and showed the country what unadulterated
corruption looks like—according to her legion of detractors (many of
whom were her former supporters).
The current president
Benigno Aqjuino III was elected president only because his mother Cory
just happened to pass away shortly before the 2010 presidential
elections. Otherwise he led a completely undistinguished, mediocre
And his lack of
experience stood out for all to see when he was bamboozled by the
Chinese during the Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) incident, where
the Philippines gave up its upper hand and handed the shoal to the Chinese
on a silver platter.
Sure, President Aquino
is an honest, well-intentioned individual but unfortunately, that can't be the only criteria needed for the highest office in the land.
is a sad indictment of Filipino culture if the best they can hope for in
a presidential candidate is just honesty.
And the voting public
appears ready to do it again. Grace Poe seems like an honest person, and
although no one really knows much else about her, that’s okay … she's
today's "darling" and she’ll do as
far as most Pinoy voters are concerned. As will Vice President Jejomar
Binay who has been accused of all sorts of corruption and malfeasance
during his time as mayor of Makati City. And ditto for Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte, suspected of having ties to death squads operating in Davao
City. All of the above can become president as far as the Philippine
electorate is concerned.
So while citizens of
neighboring countries zoom toward the future in high-velocity
speedboats, Pinoys are content just rowing their bancas towards the next
island. Hopefully there’ll be a guava tree they can sleep siesta under.